Hebrews 11: 4 By faith Abel brought God a better offering than Cain did. By faith he was commended as righteous, when God spoke well of his offerings. And by faith Abel still speaks, even though he is dead.
The writer to the Hebrews assumes that you know the story of Cain and Abel in Genesis 4. If you don’t, read it. The story really centers mostly on the unbelief of Caan, his anger, the murder of his brother, and the subsequent coldness of heart that made him walk away from God altogether. But the writer to the Hebrew focuses our attention on Abel instead, the one whose offerings were acceptable to God.
Why did God accept Abel’s offerings and not Cain’s? The answer is very simple. It was because Abel offered his sacrifices by faith in God’s promise of a Savior. Cain was just going through the motions. He was perhaps the first hypocrite who pretended to worship God, but whose heart had already turned aside from him.
The offerings A Christian brings to God today are still offering in faith. We give our first and best, because we believe that God gave us his first and best, his one and only Son. We give our first and best by faith, knowing that God will provide for all we need. We give our first and best because we care for others who may learn of Jesus through our offerings of faith. Faith is at the core of everything we do, and that is especially true of the offerings we bring to Jesus.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, give us generous hearts that reflect your generosity to us. Give us hearts that believe do not hold back our first and best, knowing that you will provide all we need and more. Give us hearts that reflect our faith in all that we say and think and do. Amen.